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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

bob, mon!

Re: But it said, "Heavy Duty"

"Dunno, over here most parking meters use solar and probably a rechargeable battery... works pretty well..."

How well do they work in cloudy/snowy/sooty environments? Detroit's not the sunniest place in the world.

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Yes, we know Active Directory cloud sync is a MESS, says Microsoft

bob, mon!
Unhappy

> "Now, anybody who thinks that is a good idea REALLY needs to LEAVE the industry."

I won't be surprised if my school goes this route. We are a Windows shop by fiat --- the fiat comes from political administrators who a) aren't on-premises, and b) don't use and aren't impacted by the systems that they impose on their subordinate schools.

I'd LOVE it if they'd leave the industry, but they're not in the industry and don't care about it.

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

bob, mon!
Meh

When more is less

In my experience a lot of Windows packages have less of a problem with missing dependencies simply because they expect their dependency to be missing, and include it (or a link to it) in the installer as well. Wireshark bringing in the winpcap package, things that tell me to install .NET version foobar, stuff like that.

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Semiconductor boffin: 3D NAND don't need NO STEENKIN' TSVs

bob, mon!

silicon - substrate?

Could TSV be interpreted as Through-Substrate Via? Or am I misunderstanding them?

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

bob, mon!
Holmes

Re: sledgehammer meet nut

For most of the word content I see, notepad would've been good enough.

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

bob, mon!

An exabyte here, and exabyte there...

...pretty soon you're talking real storage.

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Google Maps can now tell cyclists how HIGH they will get

bob, mon!
Trollface

People in Colorado don't need this to find out how high they're getting.

They need blood tests.

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

bob, mon!

Re: Two weeks

Just a guess - the company secretary barely interacts with the OS at all, she does most everything through Office. If she actually maintains a meaningful directory structure for her files, she's above average (regardless of age)...

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

bob, mon!
FAIL

Re: Doh..

I have at least one cable that has the USB symbol on the underside instead of the topside, and a number of cables that don't have the symbol on either side. I've taken to marking the cables with a silver-colored (exCUSE ME, "coloured") permanent marker to identify "up".

Still doesn't help when the port itself was installed upside down.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

bob, mon!
Devil

Re: No mention of microcode?

I first met microcode by writing a routine to do addition for my company's s/370. Oddly, they wouldn't let me try it out on the production system :-)

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bob, mon!
Headmaster

Also, it was RAMAC, not REMAC

As for COBOL --- Grace Hopper retired three times, and was brought back by the Navy twice, before they finally let her go as a Rear Admiral.

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FCC doubles 5GHz spectrum in prep for one-gigabit Wi-Fi

bob, mon!
FAIL

Freeing up 195MHz in the 5MHz band? I don't think so.

So I can use anything from 97.5MHz down to -97.5MHz? That negative lower bound should prove interesting....

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USB cuts the cord, again, with WiGig-derived wireless spec

bob, mon!
Devil

"(assuming the latter still exist after 2015)"

They won't --- all the currently existing PC kit will turn into pumpkins at midnight, 2015-12-31, per the fine print in the Windows EULA.

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

bob, mon!

Verify the hardware first

Do you know the machines will run Win7? If not, get in touch with someone there, if necessary talk 'em through the Control Panel -> System window and find out what processor and memory you're facing. Also, what brand/model of computers.

Most likely, if it's feasible at all, you'll want to pack in some more memory at a minimum. A brush and a couple cans of compressed air would be good, too.

Good luck, and do report back on the exercise.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

bob, mon!
FAIL

It's not a "Windows 7 downgrade"

It's an UPgrade, from Windows XP.

Whether Win 8 is an upgrade or a downgrade is the issue.

All in all, the FAIL icon just seems appropriate.

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It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

bob, mon!
Mushroom

Update pushes "End of support notification" as well...

I presume this is the pop-up nag window that's been bruited about lately. Since I don't intend to update my XP VM, I declined that particulary "Security patch".

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

bob, mon!
Unhappy

Re: Minty

Regrettably for me, the latest version of Minty (201403) claims to require PAE. that may limit its "XP-replacement" potential.

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Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

bob, mon!
Joke

Those displays are BREATH-TAKING !!!!

No, really, I'm gasping in delight (or maybe...in de smog?)

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Three Men in a Tardis

bob, mon!
Alien

Re: Pedant.

Makes you the zero-th denier, doesn't it?

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How to spot a coders comment

bob, mon!
Boffin

Hobbit's original netcat code...

Around 1995 Hobbit wrote "netcat", a useful little telnet/web-broswer substitute. It contained delightful comments, including this:

/* I really want to strangle the twit who dreamed up all these sockaddr and

hostent abstractions, and then forced them all to be incompatible with

each other so you *HAVE* to do all this ridiculous casting back and forth.

If that wasn't bad enough, all the doc insists on referring to local ports

and addresses as "names", which makes NO sense down at the bare metal.

What an absolutely horrid paradigm, and to think of all the people who

have been wasting significant amounts of time fighting with this stupid

deliberate obfuscation over the last 10 years... then again, I like

languages wherein a pointer is a pointer, what you put there is your own

business, the compiler stays out of your face, and sheep are nervous.

Maybe that's why my C code reads like assembler half the time... */

.

.

.

Then there's this little gem:

/* some systems, notably linux, crap into their select timers on return, so

we create a expendable copy and give *that* to select. *Fuck* me ... */

if (timer1)

memcpy (timer2, timer1, sizeof (struct timeval));

rr = select (16, ding2, 0, 0, timer2); /* here it is, kiddies */

if (rr < 0) {

if (errno != EINTR) { /* might have gotten ^Zed, etc ?*/

holler ("select fuxored");

close (fd);

return (1);

}

} /* select fuckup */

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

bob, mon!
Linux

... their half dozen terminal sessions.

By sheerest coincidence, I have six tabs going in my Konsole shell window at the moment. That's on this machine.

And I code in C and Python, for stdin, stdout, and stderr.

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Is it a BIRD? Is it a plane? Right first time – and she's in SPANDEX

bob, mon!

I'm confused...

Is there a "Seattle" in England, or is there some Washington-State, USA connection here?

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

bob, mon!
Meh

Re: Do the Windows Shuffle!

Just like Star Trek movies... Every Other One Isn't Crap. But my skip list looks more like

Win 3.11

- skip Win95

WinNT

- skip Win2K, Win98/ME

WinXP

- skip Vista

Win7

- skip Win8

...

(Posted from a Vista-licensed machine running Kubuntu with XP in a VM and Win7 networked.)

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

bob, mon!
Headmaster

All seriousness aside

yer all dweebs. SciTE for the win. (For when vim is more than I need.)

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Military-industrial patent troll demands BEEELLIONS from Cisco

bob, mon!
Unhappy

"All Reg readers doubtless wish VirnetX well in this endeavour. "

Yes.

A very deep, dank well. With alligators at the bottom.

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Traceroute reveals Star Wars Episode IV 'crawl' text

bob, mon!
Facepalm

Sadly, still blocked by Verizon wireless.

Wahhhhh...

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2012 was warmest year ever recorded in USA

bob, mon!
Headmaster

Re: Uhh...

That period is a decimal point, not a thousands separator. The report is actually claiming 13% of the 510-million figure.

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Slideshow: A History of Intel x86 in 20 CPUs

bob, mon!
Headmaster

Woodstock series

I'd have to say my first processor was whatever powered my HP-29c programmable calculator. From there I've seen the 6502 (OSI), 6520 (C-64), 8088/8087 (Zenith z150), NEC v-20, 80386 (before it became the i386) w/ 80387, i486, i487, ... then Pentiums and successors. Oh,and680x0 descendants in PDAs, ARM in my smartphone, ??? in HP tablet. Typing this on a Core 2 Duo.

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The 'experts' who never see BBM will never understand RIM

bob, mon!
Childcatcher

UK only, or US/rest-of-world too?

I freely admit to cluelessness, but I don't see kids in the U.S.A. craving Blackberry for its social media. Is this peculiar to the UK, or is this a wider-spread phenomenon?

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This Old Box. And that Old Box. And that one. All of them, in fact

bob, mon!
Headmaster

US$2.99, not $1.99 (at Amazon.com)

Just sayin'

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Buffalo ships world's first 1.3Gbps Wi-Fi hardware

bob, mon!
Unhappy

Oooh! Just what I need!

...to keep up with my <1Mbps "broadband" DSL....

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Evil plot to control souls via Wi-Fi thwarted

bob, mon!
Devil

Damn, they're on to us!

Guess we'll have to go back to the usual, poorly-organized plan to take over the soles of the world's unsuspecting population.

And all that legwork gone to waist....

I just wish I could write "apologies" like that.

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Reg Picture puzzler

bob, mon!
Holmes

Sixth picture -

Could be from lots of machines. I have a bank of these, from a PDP-8. Slightly chopped up so I could take detail photos.

First picture: Memory bank from some machine. Univac, maybe?

Picture 5: Google/ Cnet shows the image this was chopped out of.

Picture 9: closeup of my final project for a digital design lab? Although most of the board had a wider variety of colors (sorry, "colours").

Picture 11: ah, the fun you can have with a band printer in a self-serve computer lab :-) From artistic (dancing printers) to pornographic (feelthy peectures for real) to simply destructive (paper jam! at 5 pages/second!)

[where's the rusty old codger icon?]

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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

bob, mon!
Pint

re: Hindsight

That's a spooky recollection... in 1985 I left Kodak to go back to grad. school in... Computer Science. Of course, now I'm a professor, and my farts don't stink.

Beer icon, cuz it gives me gas.

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ARM specs out first 64-bit RISC chips

bob, mon!
Trollface

Only 48-bit physical memory???

Sheesh ---- what can you do with a mere 64 terabytes of RAM? Play games maybe, like Really Angry Birds.

Gimme the full 16 exabytes, or go home! I'm READY for a motherboard with 8 billion sockets for 2GB memory modules!

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OpenSUSE 12.1 delivers Fedora punch with GNOME 3

bob, mon!
Flame

ehh, so what?

I use OpenSUSE for its KDE support. What does or doesn't happen to Gnome is wasted effort as far as I'm concerned.

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One last production run for TouchPad

bob, mon!
Thumb Up

One good-working app

It runs the Kindle app quite well, so far. So I have a large-screen, backlit, color Kindle with 10 times the storage, for $150US. An excellent deal.

And the browser works *much* better than Kindle's little foray into that field. Haven't even bothered to try the email, I just don't care. I have better things to read.

SWMBO wants one too, if we can snag one of those "final-run" units.

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

bob, mon!
Facepalm

What, is it April 1 already???

(required letters)

Dear Folks,

Having lovely time, wish you would post bail.

your loving coward,

Anonymous

cc: parole officer,therapist,kidnappers

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600 tonne asteroid in low pass above Falkland Islands - TONIGHT

bob, mon!
Angel

Don't be silly...

You need to look on the other side.

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Belkin eBook Light

bob, mon!
Thumb Up

$25 USD, not pounds

At least in the U.S., it sells for $25. My wife and I each have one, they work quite well and are nicely bright (emergency flashlight, etc.). Rechargeable AAA's help with the battery cost.

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Ten... fantasy gadgets you wish you owned

bob, mon!
Boffin

Larry Niven transport pads

Niven did transporters very nicely. Included conservation of momentum as one of their practical concerns, instead of just assuming it went away.

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BBC dumps Gulf oil spill on Middlesbrough

bob, mon!
Thumb Up

Okay, I'm kinda impressed

I supposed this was a UK-only thing at first --- I put in "edinboro" for a location, to see what it would do, and it *found* Edinboro, Pennsylvania (abut 400 miles from me). So then I put in my town of Bloomsburg, all 12,000 of us, and it found us too. Turns out the Mars Spirit rover could just about get out of town, but it went the wrong way to come to my house.

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Atlantis spacewalkers snapped through shuttle windows

bob, mon!
Coat

never mind the pencil...

a joke's a joke, but "C'mon, guys, let us back in now!!!!"

Mine's the one with the not-perfectly-airtight seals at wrists and ankles.

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'Beauty with antimatter bottom' created out of pure energy

bob, mon!
Boffin

jelly, donuts, GeV, and beauty

Funny you should mention jelly donuts --- as we should all remember from physics (or maybe cooking) class, 1 jelly donut gives about 1 megaJoule, thus about 6e15 GeV.

So you'd need around 1.2 trillion anti-bottomed beauties to get that jelly into that donut.

My conclusion: the LHC is not as effective as a stationary bicycle for weight loss.

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Not now darling I'm twirping

bob, mon!
Grenade

@Mike Thompson

No, this surely isn't satire. I looks entirely matter-of-fact to me. Notice the timestamps!

SWEEEEEeeeet! Woohoo!

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Amazon acquires online shoe fetishist

bob, mon!
Coat

I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop...

...so to speak.

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2008's top three MP3 players

bob, mon!
Thumb Up

Hopethe reviews were right...

I bought the wife a Fuze based on your review (and the presence of a microSD slot). If she doesn't like it, I'll take it. If I don't like it, I'll have to come after you all with a sonic screwdriver....

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Supersonic bizjets could have windowless flight decks

bob, mon!

Hardly a new idea - go back 81 years

Charles Lindbergh solo'ed across the Atlantic in a plane with no front window --- the "Spirit of St. Louis" had a fuel tank in front.

Admittedly, you wouldn't want to lean out the side for a looksee at supersonic speeds...

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German methanol unit wins Pentagon portable-power prize

bob, mon!

@matt bryant and A.C.

Have I seen methanol burn? Yes.

Have I seen the noble-hero-saves-his-buddies-by-falling-on-the-live-grenade scene? Yes.

Do you really know what "Joke Alert" means? I'm not so sure.

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bob, mon!
Joke

"not...unacceptably hazardous" ?

I wonder --- suppose something snags the pin on one of those grenades, and it goes off close by the fuel cell. The shrapnel could rupture the cell, leaking methanol, which might then ignite. This could indeed lead to a hazardous situation!

Mine's the teflon one with the kevlar inserts.

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